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September 2008 Issue

Ridership, Fuel Cost Hikes Force Top 100 to Adjust

Alex Roman, Senior Editor

Nearly 72.5 percent of agencies listed find it difficult to balance service demands with higher fuel costs. Raising fares, adjusting routes and extending service life of vehicles are some fixes being employed.

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Bus| September 30, 2008

Ridership, Fuel Cost Hikes Force Top 100 to Adjust

Nearly 72.5 percent of agencies listed find it difficult to balance service demands with higher fuel costs. Raising fares, adjusting routes and extending service life of vehicles are some fixes being employed.
Bus| September 30, 2008

Women in Transportation

This year we profile the achievements of 10 women who have used skills in finance, construction, civic involvement, contract negotiations, planning, social activism and entrepreneurship to make their mark on the industry.
Bus| September 30, 2008

10 Great Transit Systems to Work For

Open-door policies, a family atmosphere, and opportunities for growth and advancement help to keep transit employees happy. But each of the 10 transit systems profiled in this article has its own special way of making sure that employee satisfaction is part of its mission.
Enhanced Customer Service Key to Improving Transit Systems
Accessibility| September 23, 2008

Enhanced Customer Service Key to Improving Transit Systems

Transit operations are using new applications to streamline their customer service systems, resulting in improved productivity and reduced costs. Feedback from customers is also being elicited to help improve transit services.
CompoBus: Reviving a Radical Idea
Management & Operations| September 23, 2008

CompoBus: Reviving a Radical Idea

What looked like another buried public transportation research project that died in its commercial cradle, the CompoBus has now received new life. What it means for the industry.
Alstom Reaches its High-Speed Destiny with New Train
Management & Operations| September 23, 2008

Alstom Reaches its High-Speed Destiny with New Train

The company's new AGV train, which recently completed testing in the Czech Republic, can reach speeds up to 225 mph.
Management & Operations| September 23, 2008

Prepared for the Worst: Securing Motorcoach Passengers

Understanding the nature of threats is a good first step. Information sharing -- formally and informally -- loss and incident data collection, and analysis of past experience all play a role in determining what should be done to protect passengers.
Proactive Programs Key To Rail Safety
Rail| September 23, 2008

Proactive Programs Key To Rail Safety

Visionaries in the rail industry are working to change the mindset and culture of rail work and safe performance. Preventive measures, such as removing barriers to safety and ensuring thorough training, are rapidly reducing safety risks and injuries.
Management & Operations| September 23, 2008

Contractors Expound on New Opportunities, Services, Technology

As paratransit market growth continues, contractors make inroads with rail service. METRO sits down with three of the top contractors in the industry to discuss the benefits and the logistics of running contracted services and what the future holds for their businesses.
Management & Operations| September 23, 2008

Public transportation can afford to be much bolder

Now is the time to seize the momentum.
Management & Operations| September 23, 2008

Transit key to fighting climate change

David Gardener is president of Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm David Gardiner & Associates LLC.
Management & Operations| September 23, 2008

Small Starts revisions rebuff rail

It is now unlikely that streetcar systems will get much traditional transit funding, regardless of their appeal to local communities and national sustainability objectives.
Management & Operations| September 23, 2008

Monterey Salinas Transit harvest mustard seeds for bio conversion

After planting, mustard seed requires little to no irrigation or tending, in contrast to other higher-maintenance biofuel crops such as corn.
Management & Operations| September 23, 2008

Altoona to add brake, emissions testing

Altoona's Bus Research and Testing Center, which features a durability test track, will begin analyzing emissions in chassis-based performance of vehicles.

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